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Golden Threads of Couples Counseling

Ken Fremont-Smith, LMHC; Melinda Stone, LMHC and Christine Howard Gieben, PsyD

Friday May 11, 2018
9:00am to 12:15pm
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Spend the morning with three seasoned couples therapists, each with advanced training in the respective couples therapy modalities. Come away not just with a basic understanding of each method, but also the “golden threads” that weave their way across these approaches. This clinical workshop promises to be engaging and fun as well as informative.

Conference Objectives
1. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples
Therapy (PACT)

2. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of the Gottman Method
3. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

About the Presenters
Ken Fremont-Smith, MA, LMHC
has an MA in Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS). In practice since 1986, and specialized in couples work since 2000, he became a Gottman-Certified Counselor in 2006. Besides having worked with hundreds of couples to change their relationship patterns, he has also supervised over 50 counselors to become Certified Gottman Counselors. The Gottman approach is an incredibly rich method that consistently shows him how to work respectfully with couples, no matter how stuck and whether their style is to attack each other with all guns blazing or to withdraw into frigid silence.

Melinda Stone, MA, LMHC - has counseled adults, adolescents and couples for over fifteen years in private practice.  She earned her Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) at Bastyr University. After graduation, she worked as a member of the psychological assessment team and group therapist at Fairfax Hospital. She has served as adjunct faculty in the Healthy Psychology department and at Bastyr University, and in the counseling program at LIOS. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington. Before beginning work as a psychotherapist, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that served children and families. Melinda integrates hypnotherapy into her with individuals, and has completed Level 2 of PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) with Stan Tatkin. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents who have experienced adoption.

Christine Howard Gieben, PsyD - A licensed Psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  She received her doctoral degree in 2001 and was licensed as a Psychologist in Oregon in 2003. Christine works with both individuals and couples and was drawn to both Gestalt and Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy. Her passion for working with couples got her interested in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  She began training in the EFT model in 2012 and was certified as an EFT therapist in March 2016.  She is currently pursuing certification as an EFT supervisor.  Christine’s interest in sharing the EFT model with others has led her to assist certified EFT Trainers in training other therapists via workshops, training modules, classes and other events.  in her free time, Christine enjoys bike touring with her husband on their tandem bicycle, hiking with her dog, teaching and practicing meditation and yoga, and having fun with friends.

Friday, May 11, 2018
8:45am- Registration Opens
9:00am- Conference Begins
12:15pm- Conference Ends

Early pricing ends April 27th!

WSSCSW General Member: $50/$60

WSSCSW Associate Member: $25/35
Student: $25/$35

Non-Member: $75/$85

CEU's Offered
, included in the price: 3.0

Meeting Location
Good Shepherd Ctr. iLeap- East Hall, 4th floor
4649 Sunnyside Ave. North
Seattle  98103

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Transforming Powerlessness into Power: Emancipatory Practices for Healing Trauma In Activists and Other Woke Folks

Co-Sponsored with Seattle University School of Social Work

          Vanessa Jackson, MSW   
                                                                                                        Saturday, October 20, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                       9:00am to 4:00pm

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Visiting Seattle from Atlanta, Georgia, licensed clinical social worker Vanessa Jackson, MSW will explore the importance of “power literacy” when working with marginalized communities and their allies. She will offer attendees a framework of the Seven Healing Questions to support exploration into how power impacts our functioning, our relationships and our capacity to maintain a state of emotional well-being.

       Course Objectives   
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of Power Wounding as a traumatic experience and how it manifests in clinical and community settings.
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the three aspects of power and how to create culturally conscious and emancipatory interventions and supports in the service of healing.
  • Participants will demonstrate their ability to utilize the Seven Healing Questions as a tool for individual, family and community assessment and healing.

    About the Presenter
Vanessa Jackson, LICSW is Soul Doula and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., a personal and professional development consulting practice.  Ms. Jackson earned a Master Degree from Washington University-George Warren Brown School of Social Work. 

Ms. Jackson is the author of In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems and Separate and Unequal: The Legacy of Racially Segregated Psychiatric Hospitals, monographs on the history of African-American psychiatric experiences , Surviving My Sister’s Suicide: A Journey Through Grief  in Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family (Monica McGoldrick and Froma Walsh, Eds.), Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: Feminist Reflections on Therapy with Low-wage Earning Women  in Psychotherapy with Women: Exploring Diverse Contexts and Identities ( Marsha P. Mirkin, et al ,Eds.) and Families of African Origin: An Overview with L. Black in  Ethnicity and Family Therapy, 3rd Edition ( Monica McGoldrick, et al, Eds.)  . She co-edited a book, Understanding Power: An Imperative for Human Services with Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW and Patricia Romney, Ph.D. on power in clinical and community settings. Ms. Jackson’s passion is supporting activists in creating healthy and balanced lives. She offers an Activists Assistance Program to provide politically conscious and clinically sound counseling and healing workshops to Atlanta-area feminist/queer/social justice non-profit organizations.

Saturday, October 20, 20188
8:30 am- Registration Opens
9:00am- Conference Begins
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30pm - 4:00pm Afternoon Session

Early pricing ends October 1st!
WSSCSW General Members: $125/$155
WSSCSW Associate Members: $50/$80
Students: $25
Non-Members: $150/$180
SU Social Work Students: Free (contact SU SW office for registration code)

CEU's Offered, included in the price: 5.0

Meeting Location
Seattle University- Campion Ballroom (Campion Residence Hall)
914 E. Jefferson St.
Seattle  98122





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